I chuckled at a letter from Kathy Nowak for chiding Richard Leib, a local columnist, for having the audacity to offer observations about national affairs that affect us locals (“Richard Leib does not bring new spin in columns”). Doesn’t Leib know that if he wanders too far from the reservation that he might fall off of the edge of the world?
I can hardly wait for Nowak to chide Mark Shephard for having the audacity to ask locals their thoughts regarding the Pope’s recent comments regarding “capitalism and inequality” (“Reactions to pope’s comments about capitalism and inequality,” Nov. 29 Street Talk). Being that the pope is from the Vatican, located somewhere outside of Elkhart County, that surely should warrant chiding from her and others. Shephard didn’t ask for my opinion though, and he never does, but he must have meant to ask and forgot, so I will offer it.
The Pope’s comments sounded eerily similar to those of President Obama. Near plagiarism, if I may. They remind me of a puppet dangling from strings as a puppeteer overhead does what he does best. They were stunning comments, coming from the pope.
An Italian magazine reported just a few weeks ago that the NSA eavesdropped on the Vatican. Like Leib and Shephard, I may be wandering too close to the edge of the world, but I have to wonder if someone was close enough to the pope to deliver an ultimatum of “Do it or else.”